Working meeting for the Austrian Federal Government with the European Commission in Brussels

Finance Minister Hartwig Löger had an informal working meeting in Brussels today (Wednesday), at which – just three weeks before the start of the Austrian EU Council presidency on 1 July 2018 – the Federal Government presented further details of the main focus of the EU presidency under the title “Ein Europa, das schützt” [a Europe that protects].

At the informal council of ministers in Brussels, Finance Minister Hartwig Löger presented the most important financial topics for the council presidency. According to Löger, the essential items on the programme are the deepening of economic and monetary union, the completion of banking union, and driving forward the negotiations for the 2019 EU budget. On a personal basis, the Finance Minister aims to focus on the taxation of the digital economy and the creation of a legal framework for fintech companies.

By way of preparation for the council presidency, the Austrian Federal Government under Chancellor Sebastian Kurz agreed to have a working meeting with Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and his commissioners. In the course of the two-hour meeting the respective work programmes were discussed, with the aim of ensuring maximum agreement on method between the presidency and the Commission.